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CalTrans Construction Underway on Highway Interstate 80 in Vacaville

Construction on Highway Interstate 80 in Vacaville

Construction was planned for Highway Interstate 80 in Vacaville throughout the week of Monday, August 10, 2020. The construction, planned by CalTrans, is meant to improve asphalt conditions in key locations throughout the city. CalTrans indicated that crews would be sealing broken asphalt as well as performing various road repairs, mainly on the westbound off and on-ramps in Vacaville. The construction is expected to improve the safety of I-80 and reduce the number of accidents as well as lower the amount of wear on vehicles using the highway.

Construction Times

Construction was scheduled from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations:

  • Monday/Tuesday – eastbound on-ramp at Allison Road and westbound on-ramp at Browns Valley Parkway
  • Tuesday/Wednesday- westbound East Monte Vista off and on-ramps
  • Wednesday/Thursday – westbound Mason Street off-ramp
  • Thursday/Friday – westbound ramps at Waterman Boulevard in Fairfield

These ramps will be closed to traffic during these times, and vehicles will be detoured to the nearest available highway exit or entrance. For real-time area traffic information, you can use this tool provided by CalTrans.

Roadway Defects and Auto Accidents

When thinking about negligent parties in vehicle accidents, people usually think about negligent drivers who are distracted, impaired, or otherwise being irresponsible. While it’s true that the majority of accidents are caused by drivers who commit traffic violations, many accidents are caused by things that drivers have nothing to do with. One of the most common non-driver accident factors is roadway defects.

What Makes a Road Dangerous?

Roads can be dangerous to motorists for many reasons. Often, the issue is simply poor pavement. If the road has a major crack, pothole, or sudden elevation change, vehicles may be knocked off-course, or drivers may make unsafe maneuvers in order to avoid the hazard. In these cases, the vehicle may be forced into an accident.

In other cases, accidents happen because of unsafe roadway design. Often, roads are designed in a way that is confusing or leaves drivers unable to see oncoming traffic. Additionally, many roads lack lanes for cyclists, safety features for pedestrians, or even proper signage to warn drivers about potential hazards.

Injury Claims Involving Government Entities

If an accident is caused by an issue with the road, the government that is responsible for that can often be held responsible for injuries suffered by accident survivors. By filing injury claims against these governments, survivors can frequently obtain the payments they need for medical expenses as well as money to cover lost income, property damage, and other losses.

However, injury claims that involve government entities are different from most cases. The most important difference is that these claims have a shorter filing period. Injury claims against government entities need to be filed within six months (180 days) of the accident date. The best way to make sure you are able to hold governments responsible and obtain the payments you deserve is to reach out to a Vacaville personal injury lawyer right away.

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